Halloween Style… Stylishly

It’s Halloween next weekend, and that means sorting out your Halloween style. But don’t worry, we’re not about to guide you to the fancy dress costume shop.

No, we’re talking about doing Halloween style, well, stylishly. Think black. Think maxi dresses. Think lace, sequins, glitter, and a few little Halloween nods thrown in. Pop on a witches hat, or some cat ears, and you’re good to go.

For true Halloween style, it has to be black. So embrace everyone’s favourite shade whilst you can! Start with a maxi dress if you have to dress up. Teamed with a cape and a witches hat, and you have a costume – but your way.

halloween style maxi dresses

l-r: Maxi dress, £85, Valley of the Dolls @ JOY, textured maxi, £tbc, Principles by Ben de Lisi @ Debenhams, velvet maxi, £29.99, H&M

If a maxi dress is too much, then just embrace your Halloween style subtly, with a cute lace dress.

halloween style lace dressesl-r: Lace midi dress, £110, French Connection, lace overlay dress, £69, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, lace and fringe detail dress, £70, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams.

A gothic, Victorian style high necked lace dress is a Halloween winner. Or go cutesy in a prom-style gown – add heels, ears and maybe even a tail, for cute kitty Halloween look.

halloween style three dressesl-r: high neck dress, £tbc, Red Herring @ Debenhams, black jacquard skater dress, £49.99, New Look, chiffon and lace dress, £39.99, H&M

Velvet jumpsuit? Couldn’t get more cat-like, right? Embrace Halloween with separates – patent jeans, fringed jumpers, sequin skirts – you get the idea!

Halloween Style oneClockwise, from top left: Velvet jumpsuit, £140, French Connection, fringed jumper, £79.99, H&M, patent jeans, £80, French Connection, sequin skirt, £12.99, H&M, lace trimmed shorts, £24.99, H&M, cape top, £29.99, H&M, pleated skirt, £32, BHS

Black on black is pure Halloween style. Add black jewellery to your black outfit. And have some fun with a little spider, or cat thrown in the mix. Or even some skeleton Cameos…have a closer look!

Halloween style jewellery twoClockwise, from top left: Feather necklace, £24.99, H&M, spider necklace, £7, Claire’s Accessories, drop earrings, £9.99, H&M, diamante drop earrings, £2, Mood by Jon Richards @ Debenhams, spider ring, £3, Claire’s Accessories, black stone bracelet, £15, Mood by Jon Richard @ Debenhams, tassel drop earrings, £7.99, H&M, cat earrings, £6, Claire’s Accessories, skeleton cameo earrings, £5, Claire’s Accessories

Finally, add a feathered cape for some dark raven-esque Halloween style. Maribou jacket or a fringed cape? Make your shoes black, of course, and add some glitter – why not?

halloween style threeClockwise, from top left: Glitter heels, £29.99, H&M, feather cape, £50, No1 Jenny Packham @ Debenhams, cut out heels, £110, French Connection, tie sandals, £65, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, glitter loafers, £24.99, H&M, fringed suede cape, £49.99, New Look, fake fur coat, £44.99, New Look


Pumpkin Orange Weekly Wishlist

It’s Hallowe’en next week and these days that seems to mean pumpkin orange. In Scotland we used to carve turnip, or tumshie, lanterns, and decorate them.

But this one Americanism I don’t mind (though I still want guisers at my door, not Trick or Treaters, okay?!), as it is FAR easier to carve a pumpkin than a turnip! And so pumpkin orange is now as Hallowe’en as witches and black cats.

And that’s good, because pumpkin orange is actually a great colour to wear in autumn. it’s cosy, bright, bold and makes me feel warm. So, this week’s weekly wishlist is made up of all the pumpkin orange things I love this week -and something Hallowe’en of course!

Let’s start with a big boyfriend coat, this one from Red Herring @ Debenhams (£65) is a great shade or orange. I’m not sure I would be getting far in the orange and black Privilege platform sandals @ Schuh (£75). Wow. These are high. And awkward looking, don’t you think? But I love them for their sheer bonkers-ness.

This bright orange leather tote from GAP is reduced from £109.95 to £69.99 which is a great deal. A bright bold bag will waken up any outfit.

weekly wishlist halloween pumpkin orangeA cosy pumpkin orange jumper will see you through Hallowe’en to Bonfire night! Choose a fine knit (£14.99) at H&M, or at the same shop, go for a fluffier, turtle-neck (£29.99). I couldn’t resist the foxy little H! by Henry Holland hat from Debenhams (£16), childish and fun! JOY’s neat orange dress (£55) will look great with thick black tights, chunky boots and an oversize cardigan.

French Connection’s pleated burnt orange top (£35?) is flattering over your tummy area, and will look fab with dark jeans. Finally, slick on some bold orange New Look nail polish (£2.99), and if you’re very good attempt some nail art on top – contrasting black pumpkin designs perhaps? Oh yeah, and BHS has Hallowe’en pumpkin deely boppers for £4. What’s not to love?!